How can I feel better?

Staying physically well can help look after your mental health and what you eat has an effect on your mental health too.

Getting a good night’s sleep, taking a walk with your friends and cutting down on sugar can all contribute to good emotional wellbeing and helps to promote good mental health. Other tips to improve wellbeing include trying something new, or doing something you’re good at or enjoy.

If you are worried about something at home or have fallen out with friends and are not sure who you can talk to, there are lots of people that can help. Peer mentors are a great way to talk to someone your own age who won’t judge. They can help you to make things better and will also help you to access youth groups, activities or extra support if you need it. Have a look on our Who Can Help Section, where you can talk to Mind.

There are lots of things that you can do to look after your emotional health, from just hanging out with friends to taking up a new hobby.

Here are 5 top tips:

1.     Be kind to yourself

Instead of vowing that you will never eat chocolate EVER again for the whole year, how about doing the absolute opposite, and going especially out of your way to treat yourself this year? Regularly doing things that you enjoy will revitalise you. Instead, treat yourself, have that slice of cake, because why not? You deserve it, and even better when shared over a coffee with a friend.  Book an appointment at the hairdressers, read that book you have been longing to read or indulge in a relaxing bubble bath.

2.     Commit to doing something you’re good at

Ask yourself, what brings my life happiness? Singing out loud, playing an instrument, dancing, baking, gardening? Doing something which you enjoy and can achieve, will boost your self-esteem and self confidence.

3.     Take 5!

Make sure that you are not powering through every day without taking a moment to pause and reflect. Whether it’s taking a five minute break in your day for a bit of mindfulness colouring, sipping coffee and watching the world go by, counting the stars or taking out a few hours or an entire weekend to explore somewhere new, having a change of scenery and taking a step back, can really give a sense of direction and perspective.

4.     Talk about your feelings

Talking freely about your emotions can help you stay in good mental health and cope emotionally in the face of difficulties. Talking to others is an important step in taking charge of your wellbeing – making a small commitment to talk will help you keep mentally healthy.

5.     Keep in touch

Keeping in touch with relatives and friends is a great way to boost your wellbeing. Whether it’s going for coffee, writing a letter or sending out a simple text, staying in touch will strengthen relationships. Instead of the wishful “let’s keep in touch” message, suggest some get together dates and stick to them.